the artlog maquetteers

Lucy at Box Elder runs a crackingly good blog, visits to which I have found always pay dividends. She is a woman made of the right stuff, who knows how to negotiate life with wisdom. Moreover she has a skill with words and expresses herself beautifully. Hit the Box Elder link in my blogroll for a glimpse of a warm heart, a generous nature and a great appreciation of the important things. I paid a call today and found this unexpected paean, which has simultaneously surprised and delighted me. Lucy has clearly heeded my recent Call for Maquettes, and wasting no time has come up with the first of four characters for a ‘Musicians of Bremen’ project. Her charming little donkey has knocked my socks off, and I hope it’s not going to be too long before we see the dog, the cat and the cockerel.

Meanwhile Chloe Redfern at Slightly Triangle has posted images of some beautiful horse maquettes she’s been working on. She’s currently investigating animation programmes with which to bring these charming equestrian creations to life, and I for one can’t wait to see the results.

Painter Philippa Robbins has been dusting off some maquettes of a darker persuasion that she had been quite certain she’d thrown away. Mercifully they’ve turned up again… or perhaps that should read, spookily they’ve turned up again… and a sad baby and a partially flayed Red Riding Hood/self-portrait, carrying the eponymous cloak, may be seen HERE at the ‘notes’ section of her website.

Leonard Greco is to be congratulated twice. For a start he’s recently taken to maquette-making with almost demonic energy, and indeed, inspiration. (Read on to find out more!) Leonard’s Babylon Baroque has been on my Blog Roll for quite a while, where his musings on art and life have so often lured me in for rather longer than I intended. However he rarely shows his own work there due to a few regrettable occasions when he fielded comments that were unkind and unhelpful. Blogs sometimes attract these ‘hit and runs’, and in Leonard’s case the experience of them really dented his confidence in online sharing. Recently, and with prodding from me (I won’t say I nagged the poor man, though I suspect I came close) he has with some understandable misgivings launched a new blog, Boondockss Babylon, where he plans on posting both finished works and work-in-progress reports. You can find the link to it in my Blog Roll. I urge Artlog readers to visit him there and to offer their support in the comments boxes. Show Leonard that his earlier negative experiences were not the ways of the dedicated blogging community. Help him to feel more confident about sharing his work. We artists spend a lot of time alone, and although it takes a bit of courage to start sharing work processes online, I have found the experience to be both liberating and energising. I want Leonard to benefit in the same way. After producing a first effort at maquette-making that is pretty impressive by any standards, he embarked on a most magnificent and ornate figure that fills me with glee at its sheer, grotesque exuberance. It’s yet another example of how artists produce extraordinarily diverse and inventive works from a single, simple technique. Do applaud Leonard for his courageous leap in the dark, and prove to him that the blogging community at the Artlog is a generous and supportive one.


The powers that be over at MoMA Wales, Machynlleth, have notionally agreed to a corporeal exhibition of artists’ maquettes in 2014. This will be my first spin at curating an exhibition. But if 2014 sounds a long way off (take my word, it isn’t) don’t hesitate to start making, because the final date for submissions of the Artlog Exhibition of Maquettes is the 1st May this year. So get snipping, Maqueteers!

22 thoughts on “the artlog maquetteers

  1. I was sure I’d commented here already but it seems not. Oh dear!

    As others have said, it’s really interesting to see all of the different approaches and ideas that people are producing.


    I adore Lucy’s little donkey.

  2. Clive, do you mean that the maquettes you want by May 1st for online viewing are the same ones that will be in the 2014 exhibition? I hope that there will be time to produce more and better ones for that further off goal?

    • Hi Natalie.

      I see the maquettes ‘online’ as being a means to encourage and celebrate the endeavours of all those Artloggers who’ve taken up the challenge. However if we press ahead with the exhibition at MoMA Wales in 2014, then clearly I will need to consider how best to present the maquettes in a gallery environment.

      In answer to your question, should participants continue to develop their maquette skills and usage beyond what they present for the online exhibition, then I’d expect those developments to be represented in the MoMA Wales show.

  3. I’ve had such a good time looking through these links, Clive. This project is growing along wonderfully, and it’s so inspiring to see these different takes on this idea. It’s pretty mind blowing, really.

    I’ve also been thinking about how the secret ingredient to this project is the incredible community everyone has nurtured through their blogging. That is also an extremely special thing to witness.
    Well now then, I’d better get to work!!

  4. Thanks so much Clive, for the very kind words and for the inspiration. Maquetteering (even better than maquetting!) is quite addictive, I can’t wait to get on to more figures. I may not use that first one in the end, as different ideas come along, but getting started on it was really enjoyable.

    Now I must be off to follow all the other links…

  5. I’m definitely in, Clive. So glad you’re pursuing this plan and ‘Maqueteers’ is a perfect title. I love your maquettes, as you know, and the others I’ve seen so far are marvellous. Inspiration is bursting out all over and you’re the chief inspirer!

    • You were one the first to take up my challenge Natalie. Your self-portrait maquette and the Jeremy Paxton one too, will be among those I’ll be posting here in the first week of May. Thanks for getting the ball rolling. Your creative energy is awesome!

    • It’s quietly shaping up to be a really promising international project, Zoe. Many of those who’ve shown an interest in participating haven’t yet unveiled their creations, but the early indications are that there will be many different approaches to the the making and the using of the maquettes. I think it will be a rather interesting exhibition in 2014, with lots of potential for educational tie-ins and workshops.

    • I’ve repaired the dud link to Lucy’s site Julia, so do take a look at it. She’s a great blogger.

      Chloe made the delightful tree decorations I commissioned for the friends we spent Christmas with in France. I love the little horse figures she makes from painted fabric, stitches and beading, and I have a few that I acquired for our own box of decorations, though I may not wait until Christmas before putting them up.

      Personal note: Julia, I see that the film Cate is in, John Carter on Mars, is out this week. Can’t wait to catch her in that. She looks wonderful in the trailer! (There’s a brief glimpse of her at 1:35 HERE.)

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